2015 Tour Season: June through September on Wednesdays & Sundays, 1-4 PM
All other times by appointment year round. (630) 584-8485
Scout groups welcome! Special classes for badges may be requested.
Printable 2015 Calendar (pdf format - Adobe Acrobat required)
1842 Barn Restoration Seminar
Feb 14 Afternoon Hosted in conjunction with Trillium Dell Timberworks $15.
Natural Area Management Seminar
Feb 21 8:30am-4:30pm Learn how to restore and manage prairie, woodlands, and wetlands. Reservations required. $55 includes lunch
Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar
March 1 1:30pm. Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, Seed Savers Exchange Orchardist. Reservations required. $30
Fox Valley 58th Annual Antique Show
March 14-15 Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Produced by Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA) to Benefit Garfield Farm Museum at Kane County Fairgrounds. $8
Historic Perspectives on Organic Gardening
March 22 Garden expert, Vicki Nowicki, will give a lecture at 10am on organic vegetable gardening and a 2pm workshop on seed starting. Reservations preferred. $6 for the lecture and $15 for the workshop
“Hands On” Beginning Dulcimer Workshop
April 12 Musician Dona Benkert will give instruction on these unique stringed instruments. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 per session
Museum Awards Banquet
April 18 6pm–9pm. Annual dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. $55
“Hands On” Advanced Dulcimer Workshop
April 19 By musician Dona Benkert. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 per session
Creative Writing Workshop
April 26 1pm. All experience levels are welcome to explore the museum’s grounds for inspiration and participate in a writing skills session instructed by Crystal Hollis, MA. Reservations required. $6
Woodland Wild Flower Walk
May 3 9:30am. Tour the museum’s Harley Pond and Woods with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations required. $6 adults/$3 children
Rare Breeds Show
May 17 11am-4pm. Breeders from around the Midwest display rare and historic livestock. Individual breeders may offer livestock and poultry for sale. $6 adults/$3 children
Traditional Buckskin Tanning
June 13 & 20 Traditional buckskin tanner, Spring de Leon, will give instruction on tanning deerskin into buckskin. Both weeks there will be a 10am lecture and ahands-on experience at 1pm. Reservations required. Limited to 6 individuals. $8
July 5 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations required. $6 adults/$3 children
July TBA Enjoy the gallery exhibition and sale of collections by invited local artists displayed throughout the Burr House with an emphasis on farming and history. $6 adults/$3 children
Garfield Farm Camps
July 7-9, 14-16 9am-Noon. Children ages 8-15 will learn about 1840s farm life. Activities include feeding animals and museum tours. Reservations required. $75 per week
Seed Saving Workshop
July 19 1-4pm. Garden expert, Vicki Nowicki, will give a lecture with some hands-on demonstrations on saving seeds; primarily vegetables. Please bring a glass jar with a lid. Reservations preferred. $6
Antique Tool Show & Sale
Aug 2 9am-1pm. Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade, and sell antique and collectable tools. $6 adults/$3 children
Archaeology Field Session I
July TBA Wed-Sun 8am-4pm. 2 one week sessions for volunteers to participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information
Heirloom Garden Show
Aug 23 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. $6 adults/$3 children
Sept 6 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations required. $6 adults/$3 children
Archaeology Field Session II
Aug TBA Wed-Sun 8am-4pm. 2 one week sessions for volunteers to participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.
Sept 13 2pm. Museum volunteer, Chuck Bauer, will give a lecture on the history of corn and how farmers manipulated corn to create the variety we have today. Reservations required. $6
Sept 27 Anthropologist, Samira Bamberger, will give a lecture on animal domestication at 1pm and a more in-depth look at 3pm. A tour of the museum’s heritage livestock is included. $6 per lecture
Student Harvest Days
Oct 2 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to school children. Limited to 600 students. Reservations required.
$5 students/$4 adults
Oct 4 11:30am-4 pm. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills,19th century music, and food. $6 adults/$3 children
Blacksmithing 101 & 201
Oct 11 Staff member, Joseph Coleman’s Blacksmithing 101 lecture and demonstration at 10am and Blacksmithing 201 at 1pm will feature hands-on experience. Reservations required. $8 for 101 and $40 for 201
Barns 101 & 201
Oct 17 Staff member, Dave Bauer’s Barns 101 lecture at 10am will provide a general overview and Barns 201 at 1pm will provide a more detail. Both lectures will include a tour of the museum’s barns. Reservations required. $6 per lecture
Nov. 15 3-6 pm. For all those who helped out at the farm, a pot-luck with photos and awards makes for a fun evening.
Candlelight at the Inn
Dec 5 & 6 3-7pm. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfields in their 1846 Brick Inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake-sale. Donations accepted.
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